Idioms on The Office is a Battlefield

This is lesson 4 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.


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Idioms Related To Moods are Weather


English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 8

1- To be given or get marching orders= To ask someone to leave their job

He got his marching orders when he turned up late three days in a row..


2- Get caught in the crossfire= To get caught in an argument

I decided to leave the room as I didn’t want to get caught in the crossfire.


3- Set your sights on= To decide on what you want to do

Gill is very ambitious. She’s set her sights on running her own company by the time she’s 30.


4- Keep your head down= Do or say little to avoid arguments or problems

Everything’s gone wrong. If I were you, I’d keep my head down for a while until things get better. .


5- Hold the fort= To be left in charge of place or situation while someone is away

She asked me to hold the fort till she gets back.


6- Stick to your guns= Remain in your firm conviction or stand up for your right

I think you should stick to your guns. Don’t give in.


7- Have a shot at sth= trying to do sth for the first time

I’ll have a shot at writing the report, but I’m not promising anything!


8- Call the shots= To decide what to do or what is to be done

Sarah and Ewan are business partners, but she’s the one who calls the shots


9- To go great guns= To be very successful

Our new product range is going great guns!


10- Second in command= Someone who is second in rank to the leader of a group

You’ve met Pete before, haven’t you? He’s my second in command.


11- Back to one’s post= to go back to work

Lunch can’t go on forever! Come on, everyone, back to our posts.


12- To step out of line=  To do sth wrong

Working for my father is worse than I thought! If I step out of line, he’s tougher on me than anyone else.


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Idioms Related To Project is a Race

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